US President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from a nuclear arms treaty with Moscow, accusing Russia of "violating the medium-range nuclear weapons treaty" for many years, reports AFP.
"Russia has not respected the treaty, so we will end the agreement" Trump told reporters in Elko, Nevada.
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Weapons Treaty was signed in 1987 between then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
"Russia has violated the agreement ... It has been violating it for many years, I do not know why President Barack Obama has not negotiated or withdrawn from it" Trump said.
"We will not allow them to violate a nuclear agreement and to go out and manufacture weapons while we are not allowed to do so," he said.
The treaty, which eliminated a full range of missiles ranging from 500 to 5,000 km, put an end to a crisis in the 1980s over the Soviet Union's deployment of SS-20s, which targeted Western European capitals.